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Chloride plan chosen

After years of wrangling over the best way to reduce the amount of chloride ending up in the Santa Clara River, local water experts, environmentalists, as well as business and civic leaders rallied behind a plan Monday to bury salty compound deep beneath the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 29, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in collision at Decoro and McBean

A woman and a toddler were removed from a damaged SUV and taken to the hospital today following a traffic collision in Valencia, according to sheriff's deputies and fire officials.

October 28, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jailhouse rocked

The annual Haunted Jailhouse event hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley's Sheriff's Station is a scary affair but, as hundreds proved Sunday, it's also fun, energetic and for at last one high-ranking officer assigned to the dunk tank - wet.

October 28, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hundreds race against hunger

Scores of people turned out for the annual Run Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk in Newhall Sunday morning, raising money for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

October 28, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


World Music Day draws hundreds

Parents of Daniel Pearl revealed a "quirky" side of the journalist in happier days before he was killed by terrorists 11 years ago.

October 28, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two arrested in connection with robberies

SANTA CLARITA - Two men have been arrested in connection with two recent robberies and an attempted robbery, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

October 24, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Backyard Butcher' sentenced to three years in prison

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man convicted last year of animal cruelty and dubbed the "Backyard Butcher" has been found guilty of the same offense and sentenced to three years in state prison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

October 24, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Retired CHP commissioner celebrates 101st birthday at Newhall Station

SANTA CLARITA - Retired California Highway Patrol Commissioner Harold Sullivan celebrated his 101st birthday Thursday with his pals and peers at the CHP's Newhall Station.

October 24, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Woman kidnapped from SCV found safe in Sunland

The manhunt for a suspected kidnapper wanted in the abduction of a woman in the Santa Clarita Valley culminated Wednesday morning with deputies finding the victim in Sunland.

October 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Woman injured in minivan, motorcycle collision

SANTA CLARITA - A woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday with injuries suffered in a Newhall traffic collision involving a motorcycle and minivan, fire and sheriff's officials said.

October 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local sheriff's deputy injured while responding to burglary call

A local sheriff's deputy responding to a burglary call was injured in a single-vehicle crash in front of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia.

October 22, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: House fire damages home near Friendly Valley

SANTA CLARITA - A woman was taken to the hospital from a house fire near Friendly Valley on Tuesday morning, officials said.

October 22, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group claims insufficient environmental studies in chloride plan

SANTA CLARITA - The lawyer for a local group wanting affordable clean water has accused sanitation officials of shortchanging the public on recommending ways to reduce chloride contamination in the Santa Clara River.

October 22, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Public weighs in on chloride-reduction plan

Local sanitation officials unveiled their plan Monday for reducing chloride ending up in the Santa Clara River, explaining its effectiveness to a skeptical and suspicious audience.

October 22, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


'It's a waiting game'

SANTA CLARITA - Coroner's investigators are waiting for a DNA sample to arrive from Guatemala before they can confirm the identity of a woman whose body was found dumped at the side of San Francisquito Canyon Road six months ago, a coroner's spokesman said.

October 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Missing Castaic girl found in Louisiana

A 2-year-old Castaic girl missing since November - and her father now charged with parental abduction - were living in a Louisiana mobile home park inside a newly purchased RV when a sheriff's deputy found them Wednesday during a routine traffic stop, a sheriff's spokesman said.

January 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing set for two Palmdale men accused of robbery in Valencia

A preliminary hearing has been set for two Palmdale men arrested in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

January 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse snatcher, Newhall resident, sentenced to 32 months

A man who smashed the window of a car parked in a Valencia shopping center and stole a purse has been sentenced to 32 months in state prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

January 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sex offender scheduled to be released

A Canyon Country woman wants to know why the man convicted of molesting her son is being released from prison - again.

January 30, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man accused of stabbing Valencia man to death found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

A California man who stabbed a Valencia man to death in New Mexico 19 months ago has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the prosecutor in the case told The Signal Wednesday.

January 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


OLPH to get new pastor replacing Father Martini

Any day now, parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help are expected to learn who will replace Pastor Richard Martini who was transferred to Carpinteria in November, a church staffer said.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Blond Scammer' misses court appearance in Ventura

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and convicted of identity theft earlier this month for a crime committed in the Santa Clarita Valley a year ago failed to appear in court on a similar charge in Ventura, a court clerk said.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Spilled gravel causes SCV traffic delays

A gravel truck spilled its load of gravel Tuesday morning, prompting lane closures and a traffic backup in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing set for SCV pair charged with attempted murder

A preliminary hearing has been set for a man and a woman each charged with attempted murder in the September stabbing of a Newhall man, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

January 28, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial wraps up for three accused of SCV bank robbery

Closing arguments are expected today in the case involving three men identified by prosecutors as Rollin 40s Crips gang members accused of robbing a Bank of America in Canyon Country a little more than a year ago.

January 28, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Zumba brings dollars in for Saugus dance team

They jumped, they swayed, they danced, they yelled - all in an effort to raise money so that they can jump, and sway, and dance and yell competitively.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man, woman charged with attempted murder, SCV robberies

A man and a woman charged with attempted murder in connection with a knife attack during a robbery two weeks ago have been charged with six other robberies that occurred last month, according to a copy of a criminal complaint filed Monday by prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office

January 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals hit Castaic Middle School

Acts of vandalism and a fire believed to be deliberately set at Castaic Middle School over the weekend are currently being investigated by local sheriff's detectives, school and sheriff officials said.

January 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUI checkpoint nets one arrest

A sobriety checkpoint set up in Canyon Country by the California Highway Patrol Friday night resulted in one arrest and four misdemeanor citations, a CHP spokesman said.

January 27, 2014 | by Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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